I have copied a part from a previous model but the design table does not update whenever I make a change in the excel spread sheet. Is this a bug? I'd rather not start a new part from scratch. Has anyone had this problem before?
Did you try to save the part via pack & go or just do a save as? I think you would need to pack & go - then edit the design table and save it in the same folder or you can do the pack & go, save the design table as a different file then delete the design table in the part and load the newly saved one, not sure which way would work the best.
John Stoltzfus is correct. Link part <-> Design Table is broken. If Part is OK, try to delete Design Table then create a new one.
Vladimir Urazhdin John Stoltzfus
Why or how did this link get broken? or WHAT would break this link after using pack and go. Could an older file type from a previous SW version break this? I'm trying to find the root cause so it does not happen again.
I wouldn't know the relationship between SW and Excel, all I know is that the best way to have good models with design tables is to save them out into the same folder and maintain them there. So if that is the case, using pack and go you're not moving the excel file just the components/assemblies/drawings etc....
Good Morning! I haven't used P&G for some time but when I wanted to add files to it I would just drag and drop the file onto the zip file. This works with WinRAR, not sure about the others.
Interesting - That I'm gonna check out....
Correct me if I'm wrong - you're saying that I can do a pack and go and then later if I would like to move another file, I will just open File Explorer and drop another file into the Pack & Go Zipped Folder.....
Yep! But as I mentioned I have only done this with WinRAR.
Why or how did this link get broken?
It happens some times. The question like this one must be addressed to your VAR or SW development team.
I did do a Pack and Go for this new part. I never use "SAVE AS" for any part. The correct action was to delete the design table, and create a new one. But, not before saving it just in case.
What I did:
I created a new blank design table and copied all of the previous cells into the new file. Lo and Behold, Nothing worked sill. I deleted this table and created another blank design table. For the new table I only copied in the syntax for the dimensions I wanted to be controlled. This worked and made everything simple. no further action was needed after this.
Was the table being controlled from an external file?
Not that I see. I looked for an outside file, but no luck.
(the previous part file was not created by me. No telling what the other person did when they made this part file)
Anytime you use a part with a design table, edit the table and do a save as in the folder, that way it should keep the relations etc.. Also you should be able to open the excel spreadsheet file and make changes then when you open the SW file and rebuild those changes should have been done..
Open the design table, click on data tab and check the Edit Links option. If it is not grayed out, then it is linked to external file.
If yes then you can edit the link and update the path.
Also to check, can you attach the new file on this forum to see why it is not working?
Thanks Deepak Gupta I'll have to check that next time I get this error. I already moved on from that project so I'm not sure I could find it again. Problem has already been solved though.
Although, I've never saved a design table outside of the part. I've always kept it internal to the part/assembly. Do you recommend saving it outside the part as good design practice?
Jason Martin wrote: Although, I've never saved a design table outside of the part. I've always kept it internal to the part/assembly. Do you recommend saving it outside the part as good design practice?
Jason Martin wrote:
It all depends on the end need. There are few projects where you've one excel sheet which is used to drive the components in the assembly. So in that case it is helpful to link the component design table to this excel sheet and have them all updated.
Here is another trick I use before you delete & re-insert the design table. Right click a feature in the feature manager and click "configure feature" and then simply close the dialog again without making changes. Then edit your Design table. I have been successful that way.
Somehow it resets an internal flag and the design table works after that. Seen it with sheet metal parts and linked thickness not updating.
Just another trick to beat SW at the bug game....
I thought I'd give an update and here's what I found out:
By accident, I discovered that if I pack and go a part file to my personal server space at my work, by the next day, I can no longer edit the design table. the design table is completely dead and the only way to fix the problem is to delete the design table then create a new one by copying the top 2 rows of the spreadsheet. There just seems to be something missing and I have no idea what that would be. Even if I try to "Configure Feature" like Elmar Klammer recommended it doesn't work. Its just completely DEAD.
BUT, when I pack and go that same file into my PDM file location, there is absolutely no problem at all the next day.
I think it may just be an isolated problem and not a SW problem.
I guess I must refrain from using my personal drive for design table driven part files. I Have no idea why that would be affected though. *scratching head*
Have you talked to your VAR about this yet?
Since you apparently are not saving/linking to an external file (my first suspicion) everything necessary should be contained within your part file.
This is for a part file DT and not for an assembly, correct? If the DT is in an assembly then there could be other files involved, but Pack and Go should still pick them all up.
Instead of recreating the DT try saving it out as a separate file to have a backup copy. You can have your DT open and a separate Excel file at the same time so you could cut/paste between the two if necessary.
This is like having Dr. House trying to diagnose a strange problem.
That is correct, This is for a part file. I tried that same file that I had a problem with and that box is greyed out unless I pick the option for "From File"
Yes, I could save it out and link it but I'd rather keep the file internal as it might cause confusion with the ppl who are not familiar with using SW DT here. I did save it as a back up just in case something went wrong. I just found it to be easier to just delete, then copy/paste into new table. saves me time and worries.
I like your analogy for this about Dr. House! it fits perfectly! Too bad it wont get completely solved though. My work around works for now, so I'll just stick with that
This must be a bug in SW. I've tried all of the above suggestions and still the part will not update with the new configurations. Now when I close the Excel sheet, the whole program crashes (just shuts down). Still not sure what's going on here.
get same problem on my SW2019 SP5, i dont know why ?
Should i'm try to reinstall again ?
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